Newly Offered: Cortez McDowell
- Joey Bosa
- Gareon Conley
- Evan Lisle
- Darron Lee
- Billy Price
- Jalin Marshall
- Timothy Gardner
- Jayme Thompson
- Michael Hill
- Mike Mitchell
- Donovan Munger
- Dontre Wilson
- Trey Johnson
- Chris Worley
- Corey Smith
- James Clark
- Marcus Baugh
- Vonn Bell
- Ezekiel Elliott
- NC State offered Jonathan Hilliman
- Braxton Berrios & Kyle Berger offered
- Alabama offered Kalvarez Bessent & Chris Williams
- USC offered Mark Andrews
- Clemson offered Derrell Scott
- Illinois offered Marcelys Jones
- Tennessee offered Dante Sawyer, D.J. Smith & Josh Malone
- North Carolina, DeShone Kizer , & offered
- Nebraska, Duke & Kentucky offered Jarrett LaRubbio
- Stanford offered Quenton Nelson
- Ohio State offered Cortez McDowell
- Michigan State, West Virginia, UCLA & Arkansas offered Myles Autry
- NC State & Missouri offered Nic Weishar
- @AllenTrieu: WR Drake Harris says he spoke with Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke, Butch Jones and Will Muschamp today
St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Joey Bosa couldn't wait any longer, and early this morning, he finally completed the task he had been itching to complete for months.
Bosa was the first Ohio State commit to fax in his National Letter of Intent to Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer Wednesday morning, when he did so at 7:28 a.m.
Bosa, the son of former Dolphins defensive end John Bosa, committed to the Buckeyes last April and was steadfast in that pledge, despite being reruited by other schools. He is the Sun Sentinel's No. 2 prospect for 2013.
The waiting will end today.
John Burroughs senior running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to announce his college decision — choosing between Ohio State and Missouri — at a 4 p.m. press conference at his school.
Elliott has been committed to the Buckeyes since April but recently took an official visit to Missouri, where both of his parents were athletes. Since that visit, he has declined to do interviews with the media, making public comments only through his Twitter account: @EzekielElliott.
A 6-foot, 205-pound speedster who lives in Alton, Elliott is rated by Scout.com as the ninth-best running back and 47th-best prospect in the senior class, while Rivals.com rates him 12th among running backs and 83rd overall and ESPN ranks him 11th among running backs and 109th overall.
Elliott was the Post-Dispatch offensive player of the year this fall after he accounted for 3,061 all-purpose yards and an area-best 50 touchdowns in leading the Bombers to a 13-1 record and a third consecutive Missouri Class 3 runner-up finish. He rushed for 2,155 yards, averaging 10.6 yards per carry, and 40 touchdowns. He added 383 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 16 receptions. He also had 523 yards and another six scores on returns.
Former NFL linebacker Ken Mitchell has no problem now being known as the father of Mike Mitchell, the five-star linebacker from Plano, Texas who's set to sign with Ohio State today, officially becoming one of many gems in the kind of recruiting class Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer always seems to put together.
Ken Mitchell also has no problem sharing his thoughts on why his son chose to play for Meyer at Ohio State. "Urban told us the weather up there in Columbus is just like it is in Orlando," Ken Mitchell said via phone this from his home in Plano. "He also told us it's only about an hour and half drive from here." He was kidding. Probably. Meyer's latest bit of recruiting magic culminates with today's National Signing Day, a holiday in much of the country and a day that Meyer has not only owned from a publicity standpoint, but one that's been a launching pad to his past successes. He's undefeated one year into his Ohio State stint, the bowl ban is lifted and the Ohio State program is headed full-steam in Meyer's intended direction.
Playmakers, playmakers, playmakers. Even the most casual of Buckeye fans know of Coach Meyer's immediate effort to secure "playmakers" fitting his unique offensive scheme. After finally exhausting the search for playmakers in the 2013 class, it's game on for 2014.
Among those early names being considered as Meyer's hand-picked playmaker candidates for the 2014 Buckeye recruiting class is 4-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. The 5-10, 187-pound speedster holds an early Buckeye offer, and, a little over a week ago, Coach Meyer stopped by his high school (Dwyer) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to chat with him.
According to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, Johnnie grades out at a 90 overall, is ranked the 423rd best overall player in the country, the 55th best wide receiver in the country, and the 51st best overall player in Florida, one of the nation's football powerhouse states. I spoke with Johnnie, and we discussed Ohio State, his recruiting process, and many other things:
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Wide receiver James Clark, one of Florida’s most coveted uncommitted prospects going into National Signing Day, made Urban Myer and a legion of Ohio State football fans very happy on Wednesday morning.
Clark, who brought an enticing blend of speed, athleticism and academic success to the recruiting season, saved his decision as a secret – at least publicly -- for a National Signing Day signing ceremony at his high school’s auditorium.
In an announcement made for live television the 5-11, 170-pound slot receiver donned a Buckeyes cap. He chose Ohio state over Florida and Clemson.
“Ohio state provided the best opportunity to be successful on the field and for life after football,” Clark said. “It’s a place I felt happy at.
Punters do not normally dominate headlines on National Signing Day, but Boone’s Johnny Townsend is the exception.
Townsend, one of the top punters in the country, was expected to sign with Ohio State today but an unspecified issue, likely an issue as to whether an offer still is on the table, has arisen.
A noon press conference was called at Boone where Townsend was expected to announce his decision. Instead, he made a statement asking for patience and privacy as he still sorted things out. This came after his initial signing was delayed in the morning.
Townsend is expected to make a decision at 4 p.m.
Boone athletic director Doug Patterson said the situation is being discussed between the school and the Townsend family.
"Right now it's a personal matter between the townsends and Ohio State and they are woking as fast as they can to make sure that any concerns they have is taken care of," Patterson said."They really want to hold off on a binding commitment until they feel 100 percent comfortable with everytihng from the University."
Usually I wouldn’t redo a recruiting post but Ezekiel committed to OSU nearly a year ago and since then he and his family have become favorites of Buckeye Nation on Twitter. A few weeks back Zeke as he is known made a visit to his home state school and the Alma Mater of both his parents. This ruffled the feathers of some OSU fans and made most of them nervous. I never really bought the whole thing and just felt like he was enjoying the process and free trips. In the end he proved me right and today he confirmed to the world he is 100% Buckeye.
“I promise you this. When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I ask myself one question — coach Meyer requires it: Did you beat Alabama’s corners coach today? If the answer is yes, good. Get up tomorrow and continue. If the answer is no, you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Why not?’"
Middletown senior quarterback Jalin Marshall talked about his decision to play college football at Ohio State this fall during the GMC signing day event at Voice of America Park in West Chester Wednesday afternoon.
Moeller football coach John Rodenberg is very proud of what his seniors accomplished this season for the Division I state champion Crusaders.
During National Signing Day on Wednesday, Moeller took time recognize 13 players with college commitments at an afternoon school ceremony.
Wednesday marked the start of the NCAA signing period for football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo. The football regular period runs through April 1. The other sports have Aug.1 as the final signing date.
It’s Ohio State !!
The long wait is over as at 10:08 a.m. today Ridgeland HS All-American safety/wide receiver Vonn Bell announced that he has committed to play football at Ohio State; The 6-0 190-pound safety/wide receiver chose the Buckeyes over Alabama and Tennessee.
In two years at the north Georgia school, Bell scored 31 touchdowns and led the Panthers to a region title and a state runner-up finish this past season.
LADUE • Ezekiel Elliott is headed to Ohio State after all.
The John Burroughs senior running back originally committed to Coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes in April, but the area’s top prospect made an official visit to Missouri in late January and left everyone wondering who he would sign with.
“I decided to take a visit to Mizzou, one last look, to make sure that my decision I made in April was what I wanted it to be,” Elliott said. “Mizzou really did a good job on the official, but I felt like I would be a better fit at Ohio State.”
PENDLETON — Last summer, Pendleton coach Paul Sutherland tried to talk defensive tackle and the state's top recruit Michael Hill out of committing to Ohio State.
It wasn't that Sutherland wanted Hill, who Rivals.com named the No. 1 recruit in South Carolina, closer to home or that he had add any affection for one of the in-state schools.
"My biggest thing to Michael was if we commit, that's it. Your word is going to mean something," Sutherland said. "If you change to somewhere else, that's on you. Once he made his mind up, met with him a long time, basically tried to talk him out of it because I wanted him to know the seriousness of it."